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Message from Japan :
It is interesting to know about the history of the Quarantine Station!
About 100 years ago in Japan, the feudal era ended.The Japanese government stopped the isolationism and started to catch up with the Western world's modern society and industrialism.

In the Meiji Restoration (around 1853 - 1877), Japanese society was rapidly modernized. However, most of common people were poor.

The Japanese flag is called "Hi no Maru", which literally means "circle of the sun". You can see a red circle in the center of the flag.

We have not been taught why "Hi no Maru" is the national flag at school. To tell the truth, there had been no statute that "Hi no Maru" is the national flag for long even though almost every Japanese considers it as the national flag.

There has been a controversy about "Hi no Maru" and "Kimi ga Yo", national anthem. "Kimi ga Yo" means "Thy Reign". This year (1999), however, a statute was enacted that "Hi no Maru" and "Kimi ga Yo" are the national flag and anthem .

I consulted a dictionary about "Hi no Maru", and there is an interesting story: * "Hi no Maru" is a red circle representing the sun to be used for a landmark.

* It had been seen since the end of the Heian Era (10th century) and was often used as a family emblem in the age of civil wars (15th - 16th centuries)

* The Edo Shogunate legislated "Hi no Maru" as the Japanese ship flag in order to distinguish Japanese ships from foreign ones when they gave  permission to build a vessel in 1854.

* The Edo Shogunate adopted "Hi no Maru" as the naval ensign in 1863.

* In 1868 the Meiji Era started and in 1870 it was legislated that every merchant ship should hoist "Hi no Maru".

----- The Millennium Encyclopedic Lexicon

(translated by TORIGOE Yuko)

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Japanese flag carved in the rock
at the Quarantine Station
Photo : Judith Bennett

The photo is very impressive
and I looked at it with deep emotion.
Yes, the characters read "Nikko Maru",
a name of a ship.
"Nikko" literally means "sunshine",
and "Maru" means "circle".
"Maru" is often attached to the end of a name of ships.
Message from TORIGOE Yuko

From Australia :

We were always taught that Japan was
the "Land of the rising sun"
and thought
this meant that it was East of China and that
the Chinese thought the sun rose in Japan.

From Japan :

This  is absolutely right.

Click to see aspects of tours of the Manly Quarantine Station which are grouped as follows:-

Aboriginal
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in 1999
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This page was created 9th June, 1999, by Judith Bennett, Friends of Quarantine Station, and was last modified 19th September, 1999